• Cash Vs. Joe On Phillips

    Posted by on March 25th, 2006 · Comments (3)

    From the Asbury Park Press

    Phillips has caused some healthy debate within the organization. General manager Brian Cashman believes he is worthy of regular at-bats as the designated hitter. Joe Torre will start the season with Bernie Williams in that spot. He sees Phillips as a late-inning defensive replacement for Jason Giambi.

    But Phillips could see more action than Torre anticipates. Giambi doesn’t like to DH but his chronically sore knees and frequents sprains and strains often force him into that role.

    “We’ll have to wait and see how it plays out,” Torre said. “But Philly has shown us he can be a good and productive player.”

    Also, let’s not forget, since he’s turned 30, on average, Bernie Williams misses about 20 games a year. That’s just about a month of play. Somehow, I think we will see a lot of Andy this season. It’s up to him to take advantage of his chances.

    Comments on Cash Vs. Joe On Phillips

    1. JohnnyC
      March 25th, 2006 | 12:37 pm

      That’s news to me, Steve. Gee, I thought it was Bill Emslie or some other stooge of George’s in Tampa who made out the roster and the line-ups not Joe Torre. You mean, it’s been Torre all along who’s been filling the roster and the line-up with guys old enough to date the cast of Golden Girls? Wow, that blows my mind. BTW, anyone else annoyed with Torre’s “smallball” experiment this Spring? It would help if Zimmer were still around to pick the correct pitch to put plays on. Might help the Yankees bring their stolen base rate above 45%.

    2. brockdc
      March 25th, 2006 | 3:42 pm

      Steve –

      Love your blog, man. Thanks for your great work.

      Re: Bernie/Phillips –

      If Bernie gets any more than 300 ABs this year, I think we’re cooked. Phillips strikes me as the type of guy who needs – and could thrive with – consistent playing time. With Giambi’s knee and Bernie’s overall physical demise, that shouldn’t be too tall of an order.

    3. March 25th, 2006 | 11:02 pm

      Hey, brockdc, thanks for reading!

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